Japanese knotweed growing...

Wednesday 2nd February 2011

We’re still in the winter months, but underground something is stirring in the darkness...

That something could be Japanese knotweed! At this time of year, it is forming black/dark brown buds, some of which (the visible ones) will be on the crowns. Underground the rhizomes will also be developing their buds, prior to spreading further in the coming season.

When one works with Japanese knotweed for many years, one cannot but develop an admiration for its potential to spread and grow. One point which many people fail to appreciate is that all the Japanese knotweed in this country (and mainland Europe) has been found to be one clone. Genetically it is one plant, no matter if it is growing in Manchester or Madrid, Pontypridd or Paris.

This is an amazing achievement for a plant, since arriving in the 1830s from Japan, it has colonised vast areas of land, and this has been done with substantial help from people (mainly through planting as a garden plant, or by fly tipping or by accidental spreading). Once a fragment of plant has arrived at a new site, it (if the circumstances are right) develops new roots, grows and spreads.

Japanese knotweed grows in a huge range of habitats, from heavily contaminated land, to woodland, to salt marsh, river estuaries, moorland, railway ballast, water courses, parks and gardens and of course through concrete, buildings, etc.

There are treatments available for all situations, however removal costs (or treatment costs) for Japanese knotweed vary depending upon circumstances. For your free no obligation quotation, contact us – the professional weed killers!

Contact Brian Taylor on 01327 340770 or email me on my email